How to use PowerPoint Effects in your Presentation

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PowerPoint effects are very important when making a presentation, they give a presentation the feel of a life object. There are several types of PowerPoint Effects, but in this tutorial, we shall cover three major PowerPoint Effects you will come to love, they include PowerPoint Transition Effects, PowerPoint Animation Effects and PowerPoint Sound Effects.

 Applying Transitions Effects to PowerPoint Slides

In Microsoft PowerPoint, transitions are PowerPoint effects that give your Slide Show a motion feel. Transition Effect is the way a slide behaves when movement occurs from one slide to the next. You can decide the speed, add sound, and customize the properties of the transition effects.

To add a transition to a slide, select a slide in the left-hand panel (on the Normal View) Click Transitions >> Transition >> click on any of the transition on the transition panel. To see all collections of transitions, click the more button (the down arrow at the bottom right of the panel).

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Hovering the mouse over a thumbnail image of a transition will display a live preview of how the transition will be when applied.

After applying a transition to a selected slide, you may want to apply that same transition to all the slides in your presentation, just click on the Apply To All button that is in the Timing Group.

PowerPoint Animation Effects

PowerPoint Animation effects is another cool PowerPoint Effects you need when preparing a slide show. Transition effects happen between movement from one slide to the other, but animations are moving effects that occur within a slide. So animations can be added to various objects in a slide, objects like text, images and Clip Arts.

To add a preset animation to an object in Microsoft PowerPoint, select the object, then click animation on the ribbon. On the ribbon, you see a few thumbnails of the various preset animations you can apply.

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To see more animations effects, click on the dialogue box launcher located at the bottom right of the Animation group panel. A more comprehensive collection of animations effects is then displayed on the animation thumbnail gallery, in these categories:

  • Entrance – this type of animation projects the object onto the PowerPoint slide from an off location
  • Emphasis – once an object is on the slide, you can give it more emphasis using this type of animation
  • Exit – animations in this class exits an object from a slide
  • Motion Paths – applying this class of animation allows you to plot a path for the object to follow smoothly

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Previewing Animations

Hovering the mouse over a particular animation thumbnail image gives you a preview of what that animation will look like when applied. You can also see what the animation looks like after applying it to the object by clicking the Preview button on the far left of the Animations tab.

To remove an animation previously applied to an object, click on the animation dialogue box launcher and select None.

PowerPoint Sound Effects

Understanding the use of sound in PowerPoint presentation is key to making an effective presentation. However, you can easily be carried away, when you are not mindful of your audience, you may end up confusing and distracting your audience with so much noise that the message you were trying to convey becomes distorted.

There are different ways to add sound effects to your presentation in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint Sound Clips

To insert a sound clip into your presentation in PowerPoint, Click Insert >> Media >> Audio. Notice that the audio button is divided into two. Clicking on the lower half will bring up others sound options like Audio from a file, Clip Art Audio and Record Audio.

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Audio From File

You can use this option if you have a sound file already stored somewhere on your computer. Just navigate to the location of your file in your computer, select it and insert it. A sound clip icon will then be inserted into the selected slide.

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Upon selecting the sound clip, you will then see the basic sound playback tools placed below the clip: with these, you can play, rewind, fast forward and do volume controls. You can also move the playback position to a specific place in playback using the timeline. The audio progress in minutes and seconds is also shown to the right of the timeline, to guide you on how far the recording has progressed.

While the audio clip is selected, the Audio Tools contextual tab is also displayed on the ribbon, to enable you to perform a variety of audio tasks on the selected clip.

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Clip Art Audio

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You can use this option if you have a Clip Art library with pre-made audio clips just like the Clip Art images library this feature has also been removed from later versions of PowerPoint. When you click on the Clip Art Audio option, the Clip Art panel will appear to the right of your workspace.

Type in the kind of sound you are searching for in the search box and hit the Enter key or click Go. A search result of sound clips will be displayed for you to choose from. Click on a particular audio clip and it will be inserted.

Record Audio

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The record audio option allows you with much flexibility to record your own sound clip within PowerPoint. You will need a USB microphone connected to your computer to record an audio of your voice. When you select this option, PowerPoint will display a dialogue box that you can use to start and stop your recording. Type in the name of the clip in the Name box and then hit the red round button to begin recording. When you are done, click the blue rectangular button at the centre to Stop recording. The third blue triangle button on the left is to start the playback.